Zimmerman Fund for Scientific Innovation Awards in Brain Science

Applications closed. The next cycle will open in late Spring 2021.

The purpose of these awards is to launch innovative projects that have great potential to advance science and benefit society in ways that have major and lasting impact. Projects that are too risky and early stage to be appropriate for NIH or similar funding mechanism are strongly favored. The Carney Institute will invest up to $100,000 per project for one year, renewable for a second year on a competitive basis, to support projects that meet these criteria. 

The Innovation Awards in Brain Science are open to all Brown faculty members conducting brain science research at Brown University or its affiliated hospitals. Principal Investigators (PI) must hold a faculty appointment by the anticipated start date of the award. Any basic or translational research project that is within the Carney Institute mission is eligible for consideration. Collaborative interdisciplinary projects with more than one PI are encouraged but not required. Individuals may not participate on more than one application responding to this call for Innovation Awards in Brain Science. 

Projects involving one or more junior investigator (pre-tenure or, for non-tenure-track faculty, holding a faculty appointment for less than 7 years at the time of submission) as PI/co-PI may request a $32,000 supplement. Only a single $32,000 supplement may be requested per proposal, regardless of the number of junior investigator co-PIs involved. The supplement is intended to provide the junior investigator with additional personnel effort on the project, however other uses may be requested.

The application deadline is August 31, 2020, with an anticipated start date of January 1, 2021. Applications should be submitted through UFunds as a single document in pdf format. Please use the PI’s last name at the beginning of the file name.

Questions about the Innovation Awards program should be directed to John Davenport, managing director of the Carney Institute.

Zimmerman Fund for Scientific Innovation Awards in Brain Science - 2020 Call for Applications

Zimmerman Fund for Scientific Innovation Awards in Brain Science - 2020 Reviewer Instructions

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